Category: Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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More Recent Safety Enforcement Cases

Yesterday we shined a spotlight on recent safety enforcement with 11 cases that resulted in penalties of over $40,000. Today we continue our roundup with another 10 examples of enforcement actions that ended up being very expensive for employers.


Spotlight on Safety Enforcement

OSHA isn’t publicizing its enforcement efforts as much as it did under the Obama administration, but that doesn’t mean employers aren’t being cited and fined. Today and tomorrow, we’re taking a look at 21 recent enforcement cases that all led to penalties of over $40,000.

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Chevron Citations Result in $1 Million Settlement

Cal/OSHA says a settlement reached with Chevron will improve safety at the Chevron Richmond refinery, the scene of a 2012 chemical release and fire. The agreement resolves Chevron’s appeal of citations issued by Cal/OSHA in 2013. According to Cal/OSHA, the negotiated settlement requires Chevron to institute “extraordinary measures to ensure process safety at the Richmond […]


Will States Step Up Environmental Enforcement?

Businesses in the United States may be breathing a sigh of relief with the Trump administration’s lack of enthusiasm to enforce the nation’s environmental regulations. But will environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers face increased pressure from states to stay in compliance? Let’s take a look at how a key organization views the issue.


Oregon OSHA Comes Down on Contractor Ignoring Fall Standards

Oregon OSHA says a bridge contractor willfully exposed employees to death or serious injury as they worked to restore the Ross Island Bridge in Portland. An investigation into a February 8, 2017, incident yielded nine safety violations for the Minnesota-based contractor and proposed fines of $189,000.